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The Future for Healthcare is Bright, Says Worcester Expert

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Lead Midwife for Education at the University of Worcester, Sarah Snow, has called a recent student healthcare award ceremony – at which she was a judge – ‘inspiring and reassuring’.

Sarah was one of three judges on the panel of the 2014 Cavell Nurses’ Trust Scholarship awards, which honoured and celebrated the exceptional work of student nurses and midwives from across the UK.

The award ceremony was held in London last month, and saw HRH The Princess Royal hand out prizes in five categories – Outstanding Student Midwife, Outstanding Academic Achievement, Outstanding Student Nurse, the Edith Cavell Leadership Award and the Community Award.

The awards look to recognise and help nursing and midwifery students at the start of their careers and Sarah - who sat on the panel alongside Professor Lesley Page, Patron of Cavell Nurses’ Trust and President of The Royal College of Midwives and Elizabeth Anionwu CBE, Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London – says that the quality of entries bodes well for the future of the professions.

She explains: “I was very impressed by the standard of entries. It made it quite hard for us in terms of the judging process, but it was really inspiring to meet so many forward-thinking midwifery and nursing students.

“You can become a little jaded with the bad press that the health service sometimes receives, so to meet and celebrate such fabulous midwives and nurses of the future was a real pleasure, as well as being deeply reassuring.”

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which takes its name from celebrated wartime nurse Edith Cavell, provides support to registered nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants together with retired and student nurses throughout the country.

Sarah Snow, whose own career as a nurse and midwife spans almost 30 years, is Lead Midwife for Education and Programme Lead at the University of Worcester, which has built a stellar reputation as one of the highest-rated midwifery education providers in the country.